A Glimpse of Heaven
Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 8-11; Revelation 4
Today’s Key Passage – Revelation 4:2-11
Recently I was browsing through an airport bookstore while waiting for a flight, when I noticed a large number of books about Heaven. The spirituality section was littered with books on this topic, including several books from authors claiming to have seen Heaven during a near death experience. Typically, books like these do really well, often ending up on the New York Times’ bestseller list, because most people are interested in finding out more about the afterlife. Christians and non-Christians alike buy these books hoping to get a small glimpse into what Heaven might be like. Fortunately, we do not have to go to these lengths to find out about Heaven, and we do not have to worry about the legitimacy or motives behind the author’s account. If we truly want a glimpse of Heaven, we need to look no further than today’s key passage.
The apostle John was shown a vision of Heaven, which he relays to us in our reading today. In his vision, he is taken to the throne room of God where he describes God (Vs. 3), elders (Vs. 4), and living creatures covered with eyes and wings. (Vs. 6) The living creatures spend day and night continually praising God (Vs. 8), and when they do, the twenty-four elders fall down before the throne of God in worship to Him. (Vss. 9-11) If you are looking for a glimpse of what Heaven is like, this is it! It is a place where everyone and everything spends all of their time praising God. Most of the promises of our new home, like our new bodies that never feel pain or sorrow, are things we will have to wait to receive, but we can begin living today as if we were already there. We can live every day in the presence of God, and we can continually give, “glory, honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever”. (Vs. 9)
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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